Taking Stock – September 2015

October 6, 2015

spring, patio, table and chairs, plants

garden, native violets

garden, flowers

garden, spring, flowers,

spring, garden, flowers

spring, garden, flowers

spring, garden, flowers

spring, garden, flowers, gazania, gazanias

spring, garden, flowers

It’s October already!  How did September come to an end so soon?  It’s been lovely seeing new life and growth in the gardens arund here!  It’s a bit later than usual but it’s time for a Taking Stock post for September!


Making:  Lists of plans and to do’s!
Cooking:  Lots of lunchtime salads and dinners!
Drinking:  Coffee and water
Reading:  Lots of blog posts.  Still haven’t found time for reading books but hopefully in December when we go away to Burleigh Heads.
Wanting:  More money
Looking:  Forward to next weekend’s whale watching getaway at Hervey Bay
Playing:  Music again – I’ve missed it
Deciding:  On what desk I would like to replace my current one with
Wishing: The world would come up with a compassionate and caring solution for asylum seekers.  I can’t bare what I’ve been seeing in the news!
Enjoying:  Listening to music
Waiting:  To win the Lotto!  It should be any day now! πŸ˜‰
Liking:  Seeing the garden grow and flourish again
Wondering:  What I should put on my wishlist for Christmas?
Loving:  My happy place
Pondering:  Christmas presents!  OMG it is October already and Christmas is not far away!
Considering:  Changing my blog’s logo and header.  I don’t like it anymore.  It’s too girly!
Buying:  Not much really except food!
Watching:  Amongst other things, The Bachelor and now The Bachelorette! 
Hoping:  That everyone I love is and remains safe and happy
Marvelling:  At the courage of a dear friend
Cringing:  At some of the hairstyles I’ve had over the years
Needing:  Friends who know and understand me, yet still stick around. I am blessed to have some. 
Questioning:  Why bad things happen to good people
Smelling:  Still can’t smell!  Should I remove this prompt for future months?
Wearing:  Cooler clothes now that it is warming up!
Following:  My instincts very closely lately
Noticing:  I’m feeling happier these days.  Hooray for that!
Knowing:  That everything happens for a reason
Thinking:  A lot about everything
Admiring:  Those that are braver than me
Sorting:   Out odd socks – story of my life!
Getting:  Anxious about my daughter going overseas in January
Bookmarking: Not much lately – too much to catch up on as it is
Coveting:  A particular camera lens I want but cannot afford
Disliking:  Some very sad news from a friend recently
Opening:  Some beautiful thoughtful mail from friends
Giggling:  At some of the funniest videos I’ve seen for a while in my Facebook feed
Feeling:  Grateful, uplifted and humbled by the all the gorgeous bloggers who contributed guest posts over the last month!
Snacking:  On nuts and seeds when I’m being good and biscuits when I’m being bad
Helping:  Myself and those I care about
Hearing:  Peace and quiet is music to my ears


Well that’s a wrap for September 2015!  Spring is supposed to be until the end of November.  I do hope that is the case this year because I am not ready for a hot, humid Brisbane summer just yet – but I know there are many of you who cannot wait! πŸ˜‰

Ciao for now,


Linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT


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  • Reply Raychael aka Mystery Case October 6, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I’m finding it hard to believe it is October as well. The year has just flown by.

    • Reply Min October 6, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      It sure has hasn’t it?! I’d like time to slow down a bit!

  • Reply Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living October 6, 2015 at 10:06 am

    What gorgeous photos Min, I love seeing fresh Spring blooms. Burleigh sounds like a lovely getaway, not too far from home and perfect weather at that time of year! I think we are in for a hot summer this year! x

    • Reply Min October 6, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks Ashlea – I love spring for all the new growth and blooms in the garden. I’m really looking forward to Burleigh. It’s such a beautiful spot and I do love my late avo beach walks! Agghhh – I don’t do hot summers very well but I am thankful for my aircon and pool that help me to survive! xo

  • Reply Deb @ inner compass designs October 6, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Beautiful photos. I am happy to see you noticing you are feeling happier as well xxx

    • Reply Min October 6, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Deb! Yes – much happier πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Hugzilla October 6, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Ooooh, thinking about a change of logo and header! That’s a biggie. Good luck – nailing the right design is tough!

    • Reply Min October 7, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      It will need some thought because I don’t want to be wanting to change it again in 12 months time. Simple and non-fussy is what I am after! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages October 6, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I’ve been preparing for Christmas today too, I’m not going to let it sneak up on me this year! And yay to coming to my neck of the woods, Burleigh, in December! #TeamIBOT

    • Reply Min October 7, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Every Christmas I’m caught out with last minute gift buying (so stressful!) so I’m determined to be organised and finished well ahead of time this year! Oh you are so lucky to live in Burleigh – such a beautiful place! πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply PatrickC October 6, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Min, another terrific set of photos. I have to say the very first one is my favourite. The sharpness of the flowers and leaves in the top right hand corner are such a perfect contrast to the “blur” of the others and the beautiful lamp on the table. Its very reminiscent of the cinematography methods used in the classic Australian movie “Picnic at Hanging Rock” In the fifth photo the blooming flower is really beautiful. The colours are stunning and its another standout in what I am sure is a terrific portfolio of work that you have compiled. The same for the last two photos as well. You really should look at publishing your work.

    • Reply Min October 7, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks so much Patrick. These were quickly snapped with my 50mm lens. I love nature and flowers as subjects. Not sure my photography is at a level for publishing but very kind of you to suggest that! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Karin @ Calm to Conniption October 6, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    1 October flicked over and my brain immediately started the countdown to Christmas. I love this time of year.

    • Reply Min October 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      If I’m to be honest – the lead up to Christmas is not my favourite time of year. I don’t like the heat and I don’t like all the shopping, spending, cooking, fuss and stress of Christmas all that much. I much prefer Boxing Day when the main event is over. One year I would like to run away overseas and experience a white Christmas! πŸ™‚

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